Elizabeth “Betty” Holznagel, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Scandia House in Mora. She was 98 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Greggory Coop officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 1:00 pm.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Elizabeth “Betty” Antonette Holznagel, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Scandia House in Mora. She was 98 years old.
Betty was born in Iron River, Wisconsin on October 1, 1916 to Newell and Eleanor (Yira) Smith. She had three siblings, two sisters and one brother. Betty grew up in Sandstone, Minnesota and graduated from high school and teachers’ training. She married Elmer Holznagel in 1936. Elmer, Betty and their two sons, Jim and Jerry moved to Mora where Elmer became manager and bookkeeper for the Land O’ Lakes Creamery, and later starting his own accounting business. A daughter, Bonnie, was born to complete their family. They joined the Grace Lutheran Church where Betty became active in the ladies aid. She took part in a Sewing club group, P.T.A. and a bowling league. She also helped with the Girl Scouts and for a couple of years she did the payroll for the Sportsman’s Café. After Elmer retired, they moved to Deerwood, Minnesota living on their little lake doing a lot of fishing and enjoying the company of friends in their potluck group. They moved back to Mora in 1994 to be close to family members and enjoying the grandchildren. They joined Zion Lutheran Church where Betty liked being part of the quilting group and helped out with the newsletter. Betty liked to sew, knit and crochet, and particularly enjoyed her flower garden and going for walks. Elmer passed away in 1996. She was the best mother ever and will truly be missed. Family was her top priority.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Elmer; parents Newell and Eleanor Smith; brother Newell Smith; sister Evelyn Gjertson and son-in-law Harlan Grunke.
She is survived by her sons, James Holznagel and wife Sharol of Grasston, MN, Gerald Holznagel and wife Barbara of Brook Park, MN, and daughter Bonnie Grunke of Mora; sister Louise Lundorff of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; grandchildren Neil (Candy) Grunke of Deer River, MN; Clayton (Danette) Holznagel of Merrifield, MN; Vickie Holznagel of Hillsboro, OR; Kim (Cindy) Holznagel of Carbonado, WA; Mike (Linda) Holznagel of Brook Park, MN; Joanie (David) Posch of Braham, MN; and Don (Kristy) Holznagel of Mora; 15 great-grandchildren; 7 great great-grandchildren; plus nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.